Hands-on with SilverStone's Tundra liquid coolers

Written by Harry Butler

June 8, 2013 | 18:13

Tags: #hand-on #liquid-cooler #preview #tundra #watercooler

Companies: #silverstone

SilverStone has unveiled two new liquid coolers called the Tundra TD02 and TD03, and from what we saw at Computex 2013, they look seriously impressive.

SilverStone has long been a bit-tech favourite when it comes to cases, and it’s never been afraid to rock the boat when it comes to design, pioneering the inverted and rotated case layouts that are now becoming increasingly popular (the FT04 and Raven 04 are two new additions to that roster also announced at the show). Now it has applied its skills to liquid coolers, creating easily the most attractive and best built we've yet seen.

Of course, sealed all-in-one liquid coolers are nothing new, with Asetek and CoolIT having successfully licensed out their designs to a whole herd of partners, from Corsair and Thermaltake to Antec and even Intel itself. SilverStone’s model is designed internally though, and offers a build quality that, on first inspection, is vastly superior to anything else on the market,

The combined waterblock and pump enclosure is a solid, all-metal piece, with a large flat copper base un-besmirched by screws or bolt heads. The mount arms are all solid aluminium, and the overall effect is entirely reassuring; this isn’t something that’s about to snap or bend during repeated fittings.

Hands-on with SilverStone's Tundra liquid coolers Hands-on with SilverStone's Tundra liquid cooler
Click to enlarge - The base is a smooth, flat, copper plate

The rotating sealed fittings connect to sturdy looking ribbed tubing, but it’s the radiator enclosure that really impresses. Rather than the usual bare black-painted copper radiator, the Tundras' are encased in an aluminium and white plastic shroud, making it something you’d actually want to draw attention to inside your case, rather than tuck away in the roof-space. The casing also made the radiator feel extremely solid, and at 60mm deep, it’ll offer plenty of cooling potential in either TD02 (dual 120mm fan) or TD03 (single 120mm fan) configurations. SilverStone told us pricing would be ‘competitive’ in comparison to existing high-end liquid coolers such as Corsair’s H110i.

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